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Greetings from both of us! We are looking forward to getting to know you this semester through your online posts and essays. We'll also be hanging out often at the Janux course platform, and if you're located in Norman, we hope we'll have the opportunity to meet you in person.
Associate Professor, Curator,
Teaching Assistant, Spring 2014
Graduate Student, History of Science Department
Regular Communication is essential to this class:
- Don't hesitate to email us using the link at the top of every page on this course website. See it up there? Several links to the right of the "HOME" link?
- Announcements blog
- The "Announcements blog" link is found in the upper left corner of
every page. Its url is ouhos3013.com, but you dont have to memorize that; just use the link.
See it up there? Just to the right of the "HOME" link?
- Announcements: Check announcements every weekday
for general updates about the course from me.
Do not begin coursework for any given day without first checking these
announcements. I will post reminders, revised instructions, clarifications,
answers to other students' questions, tips or corrections. After the first week or two of the class, I will NOT email announcements, so you'll have
to get in the habit of checking the announcements using this course blog. If you fail to look at the announcements one day, be sure to go back the
next time and see what announcements you missed for the previous days.
Don't miss them!
- Calendar: There's also a calendar with important dates including main ones for deadlines and holidays from the academic calendar. On the calendar, if the description of any event is too large to read, just click any event to see the complete note. You may
subscribe to the calendar if you have an ics-compliant calendar application
such as iCal.
- Sending a message to us
- When you send an email to us about this class, please include the number 3013 in the subject line of the email
(for example, "3013 homework question"). Without
the 3013 in the subject line, the email will not automatically sort into
my class mailbox, and I might not notice it in my regular inbox. If you
use the email links
here at the website (including the link to my name located at the extreme
top of each page), the email will automatically be created with
a subject line of "3013". Send email to either
my OU account (firstname.lastname@example.org) or my personal account (email@example.com).
You should have a response to any email you send to me within 24 hours.
I read email in both accounts at the same times and places, so either
one should work; if you don't hear from me within 24 hours, resend the same
message to both accounts.
- Pager: Do not leave messages for me using the Desire2Learn
pager. I have this feature turned off, and I will never receive them.
- Email attachments: Microsoft Word is not required for
this course. Because of the risk of passing on Windows viruses through
Microsoft Word documents, if you send me an email with a Microsoft Word
document attached, I will delete it without reading it.
- Please do not telephone me at home during the evenings unless it is
an emergency. Thanks!
- Finding me offline
- You may not ever need to find me offline, but if you do, I'm usually
on campus in either the History of Science Department (PHSC 621) or the History of
Science Collections (BL 521). Call ahead if you want to make an appointment, or
just trust to luck and drop by.
- History of Science
Department: PHSC 621 (the "blender" building).
of Science Collections: BL 380 (Bizzell Library). Look for me here
most of the time. 325-2741. Please make an appointment if possible.
- Receiving Email
- Check your email for specific
communications from me about grades, quizzes, your web project, etc. I will
use email to respond to requests you send to me via email. The return address
you will see on email messages from me may be either my university address
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or my personal address (email@example.com).
- OU email: All of the email sent by the OU registrar,
the College of Arts and Sciences online coordinator, or the email sent for
other official OU announcements, goes to your OU email address, so it is
essential that you receive your OU email.
- After the first week of class, I will not send general course announcements by
email to the entire class, so it is imperative to establish the habit of checking the
course Announcements every day you work in this course.
Which Email client should I use?
1. Web browser. You may use your web browser, if you like:
Everyone at OU now has an IMAP or Exchange email account which you can access
This web-based email does not display ads and offers unlimited storage space.
2. Configure an email program to read your OU email. In addition
to or instead of web-based email, you can also use a dedicated email application
or Netscape or Thunderbird
to check your email and save messages on your computer. You can find information
about different email program options at the IT Support Center, http://support.ou.edu.
If you do not already have an email application that you enjoy, check out
Thunderbird: this free mail reader is part of the Mozilla open source project
like Composer (the app we will use for building web pages). Thunderbird works
similarly to Outlook but without the user hassles of dealing with advertisements
and spam, and Thunderbird's default settings are more secure than Outlook's
because it won't automatically run scripts attached to incoming emails.
NOTE: If you use the OU Exchange mail system and especially if you use Outlook
with Exchange mail, some of your friends may be unable to receive attachments
that you send to them. Unless they, too, are within the Exchange system, your
attachments will be sent to them in Microsoft's proprietary (closed) format
called TNEF, instead of in open, standard formats such as jpg, txt, etc. This
is the problem that is going on when a recipient of one of your emails tells
you they received an attachment as a "winmail.dat."
To fix it, you need to change your email settings in Outlook. Here are instructions
for how to change these settings:
University (try this first)
(a bit more complicated)
May I forward my email to a non-OU account?
"I apologize that I did not have time to send a shorter letter." Pascal,
to a friend.
WARNING: Email forwarding
does not always work! Let's say you are using Hotmail -- if your Hotmail inbox
fills up and email gets returned to sender, you could miss important class
information. I will make no special efforts to deliver the email to you if
it is returned to sender.
What if I use AOL? It is STRONGLY recommended that you use
your OU email account for this class and that you DO NOT FORWARD your email
to another address. Emails sent from Desire2Learn and other University systems
often bounce back as undeliverable from America Online. THE
INSTRUCTOR WILL TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY IF YOUR EMAIL IS RETURNED AS UNDELIVERABLE.
Every semester, there are numerous problems with email being returned as undeliverable
because students have their email forwarded to other email accounts, usually
AOL. This is a very serious problem, so you should definitely think twice
before forwarding your email. If you decide that you do want to forward your
OU email, despite these serious risks, go to http://account.ou.edu
and follow the instructions there for email forwarding. But send yourself
an email every day throughout the course - test it daily
to see if forwarding actually keeps working!